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McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

McFlying out the door? ‘Back to the Future’-style hoverboard comes to life

The hoverboard from an imagined 2015 which featured prominently in the ’80s hit flick ‘Back to the Future II’ has become a reality thanks to an architect hoping to protect buildings from earthquakes with the power of magnetism. A quarter of a century after the Robert Zemeckis classic lit up silver screens across America, the […]

Kamikaze robot swarm: US Navy to launch AI-guided unmanned gunboats ‘within a year’ (VIDEO)

Kamikaze robot swarm: US Navy to launch AI-guided unmanned gunboats ‘within a year’ (VIDEO)

The US Navy has successfully completed a test mission for autonomous, unmanned boats that can protect a bigger ship, or swarm an enemy target with co-ordinated kamikaze attacks. Using existing NASA technology, these boats will be deployed within months. “Our sailors and marines can’t fight tomorrow’s battles using yesterday’s technology,” said Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder, […]

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Throw away your driving license: Google launches new self-driving car

Google is building a fleet of 100 electric driverless cars and hopes to start testing them by the end of the year. They may take a bit of getting used to, with no steering wheel or pedals, while they will temporarily have a top speed of 25mph. This project has been several years in the […]

FBI admits to exploiting Tor to take down child porn behemoth

FBI admits to exploiting Tor to take down child porn behemoth

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has acknowledged it was behind the malware that infiltrated the servers for Freedom Hosting, one of the largest providers of anonymity online, and identified the service’s users. Internet security experts have long suspected the FBI was behind the cyber-attack, which appeared to target and monitor internet users on Freedom Hosting, […]

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

NSA’s XKeyscore gives one-click real-time access to almost any internet activity in the world

New revelations about NSA surveillance systems show that it was enough to fill in a short ‘justification’ form before gaining access to any of billions of emails, online chats, or site visit histories through a vast aggregation program called XKeyscore. The structure of XKeyscore, leaked by the UK’s Guardiannewspaper, is sourced from a classified internal presentation from […]

Pentagon’s DARPA reveals their most human-like robot yet

Pentagon’s DARPA reveals their most human-like robot yet

The Pentagon’s army of space-age robot warriors is getting a lot more real. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has released video footage of a project that’s been long in the works and really starting to now take shape. The Protection Ensemble Test Mannequin — or “PETMAN,” for short — is the subject […]

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

Major US retailers reject ‘frankenfish’

A number of top US grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, have pledged to reject selling the genetically engineered “frankenfish” if it is allowed on the market in April. The mutant fish was engineered by scientists at a company called AquaBounty, which has spent more than 15 years and $50 million researching and perfecting the […]

Silicon Valley mulls creation of floating colony in the Pacific

Silicon Valley mulls creation of floating colony in the Pacific

Two American entrepreneurs have made plans to build a floating colony in the Pacific Ocean, where they will bring the world’s most intelligent scientists that are unable to attain a visa to enter the US. The floating colony, which will consist of a large cruise ship parked 12 miles off the Californian coast, will host […]

Spotting ‘fashion fingerprints’: Google Glass app helps locate friends

Spotting ‘fashion fingerprints’: Google Glass app helps locate friends

New Google Glass app InSight takes the experience of spotting your friends to the next level, as it recognizes your peers by their clothes and accessories – matching specific color patterns and textures to the user. This new human recognition software makes it impossible to lose your friends in a packed place, such as an […]

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

250,000 Twitter accounts compromised in sophisticated cyber attack

Twitter has become the latest target of a sophisticated cyber attack, with around 250,000 accounts exposed. The breach appears to be the latest in a string of attacks on news content sites that’s being blamed on Chinese hackers. In its blog, Twitter has announced that it has detected “unusual access” patterns to user’s data and one live […]